The party has denied Osborne the chance to brand it irresponsible while also maintaining clear dividing lines on future cuts.
There is no sign of the updated Charter for Budget Responsibility that the Chancellor promised would be published by now.
The problem the Chancellor now faces is that, after almost five years of emphasising the need for tough choices, the public is inclined to think the work of austerity is done. It is not.
Having already trimmed Whitehall of fat, the next government will be forced to cut into bone. But no party will utter this truth.
Plan to fund extra £2bn a year through future underspends means spending promise is "a con", says shadow chancellor.
The Chancellor framed himself as a man who would take from the wealthy and give to the NHS.
The Chancellor will make his last Autumn Statement before the general election. What will it include?
New government plans for funding flood defences won't protect us.
The Chancellor says he"doesn't have any plans" to increase the tax: the same phrase he used before the 2010 increase.
The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus.